“Blood Oath” is the 19th episode of the second season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and originally aired on 27 March 1994 in broadcast syndication.
The story was created by Peter Allan Fields and the episode was directed by Winrich Kolbe. The choreography of the ending fight scene was created by Dan Curry and Dennis Madalone, while the score was created by Dennis McCarthy.
Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures on Deep Space Nine, a space station located near a stable wormhole between the Alpha and Gamma quadrants of the Milky Way Galaxy. In this episode, three legendary Klingon warriors come to the station to meet with Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell) before embarking on a crusade of vengeance.
The episode featured the return of John Colicos, William Campbell and Michael Ansara to the Klingon roles of Kor, Koloth and Kang, respectively. Each of those actors had previously portrayed the roles in episodes of the original Star Trek series.
The story was based on the films Seven Samurai and The Magnificent Seven, and scenes were filmed on location in Pasadena, California as well as on sound stages at Paramount Studios. The episode was watched by 8.4 million viewers, and the opinions of critics were mixed.
Security Chief Odo (René Auberjonois) is having a succession of problems with Klingons. First, Quark (Armin Shimerman) complains about an elderly drunken Klingon monopolising a holosuite. Odo removes the man, Kor (John Colicos), and takes him to a holding cell. A short time later, another Klingon, Koloth (William Campbell), comes to release him, but changes his mind when he sees he is still quite drunk. Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell) overhears their names and realises why they have come, which is confirmed when they are joined by a third Klingon, Kang (Michael Ansara). Eighty-one years ago, the three Klingons destroyed the power base of a pirate leader known as “The Albino” (Bill Bolender). The pirate retaliated by infecting each of their firstborn sons with a deadly virus. Curzon Dax, a close friend of the three Klingons, was godfather to Kang’s murdered son, and the four of them swore a Klingon “blood oath” to find and kill the Albino. Now, eighty-one years later, Kang says he has finally found him.
Jadzia confides in Major Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor) that she feels obligated to pursue Curzon’s oath, but Kira warns her about what killing someone will do to her. Kang, likewise, tells Jadzia that she is not bound by Curzon’s oath, but she insists on joining their quest. Kor, as buoyant as ever, is delighted to have her along. Koloth is dismissive, until she shows him her skills with a Klingon bat’leth. Kang refuses to accept her, until she shames him with his own devotion to Klingon honour, and insists that she have the chance to avenge her godson. Before Jadzia can request a leave of absence, Commander Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) confronts her in her quarters, refusing her request before she can make it. Jadzia tells him that she is going and begs him not to make her disobey a direct order. He does not give her permission to go but does not stop her either.
Whilst en route to the Albino’s hideout, the four plan their attack. Kang suggests an aggressive frontal assault, which the Klingons agree to. Jadzia confronts him afterwards and finds out that he had already been in contact with the Albino who offered him a glorious death at the hands of forty of his best men, and Kang accepted as he believes the Albino’s defences are impenetrable. Dax creates an alternative plan to disable all energy weapons in the Albino’s base, requiring them to use hand-to-hand combat only. Kang agrees to the new plan. They transport to the surface and find that the Albino attempted to booby trap the main gate to kill Kang and the others before a fight started. The four move through the compound and confront the Albino in his chambers. During the fight, Koloth is killed and Kang is mortally wounded. Jadzia disarms the Albino and allows Kang to kill him, before he dies himself. Kor and Jadzia leave the compound as the Klingon sings a song to his fallen comrades.
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Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Winrich Kolbe.
- Writer(s): Peter Allan Fields and Andrea Moore Alton (idea).
- Release Date: 27 March 1994.
- Running Time: 45 minutes.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.